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American Patchwork

Anders Osborne

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Album Review

Anders Osborne has two distinct musical personalities: one is a blistering, unhinged slide guitar bluesman inextricably linked to his adopted home of New Orleans; the other is a literate, poignant singer/songwriter. He has only balanced them once before, on 2001’s brilliant Ash Wednesday Blues. The rest of his records, fine as they are, have leaned more heavily on one side or the other. American Patchwork, Osborne’s debut for Alligator, finds that balance again, but goes deeper, wider. His songwriting has reached an entirely new skill level, no matter the manner — or volume — he chooses to display it. Produced by Stanton Moore (Galactic), Osborne, and Pepper Keenan, it features only the guitarist, Moore’s drum kit, and the great Robert Walter on keyboards. American Patchwork is a journey of hope but the road there is often rough, rowdy, personally treacherous, and deeply emotional. It opens with a cacophonous roar inside the heart of darkness. “On the Road to Charlie Parker” is a song about heroin’s ability to reduce genius to raw junkie need, a personal reminder spoken in a mirror, and a word of warning to others. Osborne’s guitar is maniacally distorted against Moore’s thundering crack and Walter's wailing B-3, but it grooves seductively. “Echoes of My Sins” is a distinctly N.O. shuffle as Osborne offers confession and an individual brand of deliverance. It's a rock melody with dynamic reflex of gospel; the rhythm comes from reggae and Crescent City R&B. “Killing Each Other” is a funked-up rocker about the horror of violence — physical and emotional. On "Acapulco," Osborne’s slide sings as sweetly as his voice; it longs for a fresh start somewhere else; it’s a country song soaked in the loneliness of life's regrets. “Darkness at the Bottom," a thrashing blues screamer, would not have been out of place on Chris Whitley's Din of Ecstasy — in the red and soulful. “Standing with the Angels” is a rock elegy for a fallen friend, more poetic and moving than anything Osborne’s written. “Love Is Taking Its Toll” is the dirtiest, nastiest, most distorted blues here, its lyric poignant, its sentiment obvious, and its volume louder than God. The set winds down with the shimmering, Caribbean-inflected “Meet Me in New Mexico,” one of two beautifully written love songs here. “Call on Me” is the album’s lone acoustic number. It longs for home and the beloved so badly, it aches. American Patchwork testifies that self-destruction, violence, and selfishness can all be transformed; that life, however damaged, wounded, or even wrecked, is still precious and full of possibility. These songs are metaphors; they're personal in nature, but they extend beyond the rebirth and redemption of an individual to a city, a society, and hopefully a nation.

Customer Reviews

Purchase!!!

I am fortunate to have watched Anders preform multiple times and he is one of the best live performers I have ever seen. I can say this, if you do not know who he is after purchasing and listining to American Patchwork you will never forget him. After listening to all of his other music this past year he has become my favorite artist.

Triumphant!

With this much anticipated studio release, legendary live performer Anders Osborne, does not dissapoint. With piercing guitars, heart wrenching vocals, and lyrics that speak directly to the soul, "American Patchwork" is a must buy and destined to become a classic.

Welldun

Welldun=Another well done album by Anders, Actually my favorite other album is Tipitinas live so this is my new favorite actual album...Hes a New Orleans slayer if you havent heard him..Pick this one up, but make sure to see him live to really appreciate him while he slays new orleanians-

Biography

Born: 1966 in Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

"Up and coming" may have been a good way to describe guitarist, singer, and songwriter Anders Osborne earlier in his career, but Osborne's fame has certainly spread beyond the borders of New Orleans, a city where he first cut his teeth and developed a reputation for incendiary live shows. Osborne was born in Sweden in 1966. His father was a professional drummer and a jazz fan whose early-'60s jazz combo played clubs throughout Europe. At a young age, he became fascinated with the singer/songwriters...
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